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Your day with dynamite

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Alright, you've got a truckload of dynamite, and the city's permission to blow up any building (without any people in it, of course) in the city of Providence. Here's your chance to destroy that eyesore next store, or that vinyl sided office building in the historic district, or that big ass garage on an otherwise hopping street.

So, what's it gonna be?

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I know Cotuit will say Dominica Manor. I'm going to say all of Regency Plaza, provided they replace it with something much better. In Pawtucket, I'm going with that ugly high rise apartment building just north of City Hall on the corner.

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I know Cotuit will say Dominica Manor. I'm going to say all of Regency Plaza, provided they replace it with something much better. In Pawtucket, I'm going with that ugly high rise apartment building just north of City Hall on the corner.

I second all of that and additionally nominate Bishop McVinney Memorial Auditorium (as long as they then extend Westminster) and the Ambulatory Patient Care (APC) building at Rhode Island Hospital.

- Garris

PS: If there is still any dynamite left, then most of North Main too...

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Well I said last night I wanted to implode the Brown Office Building. Dominca Manor as I've said before is well cared for and a good neighbor, so if our dynamite is limited, I'll spare it. Regency Plaza is right up there though. I'll have to blow up the strip mall on the corner of Thayer and Waterman. And, pretty much any building with a drive-thru.

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Far as downtown...

The building the holds Tim Horton's and the 60/70's addon that attaches to CVS. Regency Plaza, Fogarty Bldg would be second .

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I'll have to blow up the strip mall on the corner of Thayer and Waterman...

Oooh, good one... I forgot about that one. While we're taking down strip plazas, even more offensive is the strip plaza on Hope near Rochambeau, one of the only non-street fronted buildings in that retail area.

I second taking down the Brown Office Building...

- Garris

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Definitely the Fogarty welfare building!!11111111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Can you send some of that TNT my way. This one in Hartford needs to go. ASAP!!!

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Can you send some of that TNT my way. This one in Hartford needs to go. ASAP!!!

Hey!

Maybe just blow up the inside, but I bet you could do some fantastic rehab with that building...but then again CT doesn't have the historic tax credits we have...

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Can you send some of that TNT my way. This one in Hartford needs to go. ASAP!!!

This building isn't downtown, is it? I'd blow up the farmer's market which should have burned to the ground after haven been set on fire 3 times now,AND the Promenade complex.

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This building isn't downtown, is it? I'd blow up the farmer's market which should have burned to the ground after haven been set on fire 3 times now,AND the Promenade complex.

It's like the north part of downtown that doesn't exist yet. Right across te high way from the Civic Center and the rest of downtown. It's terrible.

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The parking lot addition that's attached to the ProJo building on Fountain. Kaboom. God that thing is ugly.

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Bishop McVinney Auditorium.

If there were any left, it would go to the Fogarty Building.

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Far as downtown...

The building the holds Tim Horton's and the 60/70's addon that attaches to CVS. Regency Plaza, Fogarty Bldg would be second .

I believe with the Tim Horton's building there is a decent looking old office building under that horrible pink modern skin. I think the facade was modernized sometime in the 1980's. I'll look that up.

Now, my choice? They took down the Buck-a-Book building already. That building made my sensitive stomach ache when I walked directly in front of it. :sick: So, the auditorium in Cathedral Square (McVinnie?) is certainly on my short list.

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The parking lot addition that's attached to the ProJo building on Fountain. Kaboom. God that thing is ugly.

Nice choice. That one was in competition with my final choice. It'll be nice when the city gets around to its plan of redesigning the square. Hopefully it will serve as the spark for the paper to do something about that addition. Yuck.

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excellent choices so far

heres a few more:

the black johnson & wales building on the corner of dorrance & weybosset

the brick brutalist courthouse by 195

the garage on washington street next to cuban revolution with the vertical concrete strips

the drive thru bank across the street from the washington st. garage

i was walking by the other parking garage on washington (the one by the biltmore) and was thinking that it would be quite easy to add retail on a major portion of the ground floor of the garage facing washington, this part of the first floor has a high ceiling and a flat floor, maybe i'll take a picture to show what i mean.

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the garage on washington street next to cuban revolution with the vertical concrete strips

the drive thru bank across the street from the washington st. garage

Ah yes, two great choices!

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I don't mind the black JWU building so much... I'd much rather see the dorms blown up. They look like they belong on a suburban campus. Too typical too... they are to dorms what Foxwoods' hotel tower is the 1980/90s Vegas casinos

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Since you folks are already using >your< dynamite on some great suggestions downtown.. I'm going to use my dynamite for the Viola Building at 280 Broadway. I hate to think about what kind of great buildings were demolished to make room for that monstrosity.

-Michael

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i am going to use mine to blow up the pervasive idea that we can't require the highest and best possible use and design of property in Providence, and the concept that we have to keep giving stuff away in order to get what we want. After my trip to chicago and my meeting at the mayor's office, i have a renewed horror in how behind the times providence is with developers.

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i am going to use mine to blow up the pervasive idea that we can't require the highest and best possible use and design of property in Providence, and the concept that we have to keep giving stuff away in order to get what we want. After my trip to chicago and my meeting at the mayor's office, i have a renewed horror in how behind the times providence is with developers.

There ya go. That about says it, although Providence is way behind the times in just about everything, not just developers.

In the absence of that happening, I would blow up the new Walmart. The day after it opens.

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I'd blow up Bishop McVinney Auditorium and reconnect Westminister St, allowing more egress to Cathedral Sq. and bringing more life to that area.

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I'd blow up the GE factory at Atwells and Harris. As long as it sits there decaying, its a major eyesore to those of us who live west of Federal Hill.

And I'd take out Fidas - only because it is infamous and people who come into Providence associate the neighborhood with what happened that night when they see it, and its a shame. I also would like to see a nice office building on this corner to complement the sea of asphalt across the street.

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i am going to use mine to blow up the pervasive idea that we can't require the highest and best possible use and design of property in Providence, and the concept that we have to keep giving stuff away in order to get what we want. After my trip to chicago and my meeting at the mayor's office, i have a renewed horror in how behind the times providence is with developers.

No offense, but you're not seriously comparing development in Providence with development in Chicago?

Let's see, one is among the greatest, most vibrant, most culturally & fiscally influential cities in the world. The other is among the greatest, most vibrant, most culturally & fiscally influential cities in ... well, New England, anyway.

Whaddaya think, apples & oranges here? You might as well compare development in Providence to development in Exeter. The scale is similar. Well, except that in Exeter, they probably have a wonderful tree ratio. :shades:

I'm not underrating Providence. But to compare us to Chicago, that's out there. Development is demand. If you want to see what demand is like in Chicago, take a look at their skyline. Then look at ours.

One of them ranks among the greatest cities in the world. One is a city of modest means, formerly an industrial powerhouse, but hit hard during the Depression, then for a long time down on its luck, but now enjoying a rebound. But still primarily a city of modest means.

When you have Chicago's level of demand, I hafta think you can afford to be a lot choosier than we can in Providence right now, even in the midst of a "boom" such as we're experiencing.

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